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Posted on 14/05/2021 by Phillip Island Nature Parks

A SECOND CHANCE FOR THREE LITTLE PENGUINS WASHED ASHORE

 

Three little penguins have been given a second chance at life after being washed ashore along the Mornington Peninsula in recent wild weather.

On 12 April, hundreds of fledgling chicks were reported washed up on Phillip Island and other Victorian beaches after severe weather conditions.

While it is a natural occurrence for the time of year, with only 18 per cent of penguin chicks surviving their first year of life, it was a distressing sight.

But after being transferred from a nearby shelter, and cared for at the Phillip Island Nature Parks wildlife rehabilitation clinic, three of the birds were released this week.

“Once the birds had gained enough weight, and were able to pass the ‘swim-test’ to ensure that they had reached the all-important waterproof stage, they were ready for release this week,” said Jodi Bellett, Wildlife Rehabilitation Ranger with Phillip Island Nature Parks.

“It is so pleasing to see these little penguins getting a second chance after their rough start.

“Although they were a little unsure at first when emerging from their box, they quickly did what comes naturally and headed straight back into the water.”

The birds were microchipped before being released, which helps Phillip Island Nature Parks to build a history of individual penguins and track any trends across the colony.